Baseball Team at Eastern Michigan for Weekend Series
Ball State Cardinals (19-20; MAC 8-10)
Friday: Ball State at Eastern Michigan (6:00) -- Ypsilanti, Mich.
Saturday: Ball State at Eastern Michigan (3:00) -- Ypsilanti, Mich.
Sunday: Ball State at Eastern Michigan (1:00) -- Ypsilanti, Mich.
Live Stats Courtesy of www.emueagles.com
SCOUTING BALL STATE: The Cardinals are 19-20 overall and 8-10 in the Mid-American Conference after winning two of three games at home over MAC foe Ohio last weekend . . . The Cardinals won the first two games before suffering a loss in the finale . . . Ball State is in the midst of finals week academically and will play at Eastern Michigan Friday through Sunday.
SCOUTING EASTERN MICHIGAN: The Eagles are 20-20 overall and 9-9 in the Mid-American Conference prior to playing Kent State at Avon, Ohio -- the site of the MAC Baseball Tournament -- Tuesday and playing at Notre Dame Wednesday . . . EMU lost two out of three games at Central Michigan last weekend.
THE SERIES: Ball State and Eastern Michigan have met 139 times in baseball with the Eagles holding a 74-64-1 all-time series advantage . . . The teams first met in 1950 . . . Last season, the Cardinals won two of three games at home over EMU.
MALONEY MILESTONES: Rich Maloney, who tallied his 600th career victory in Ball State's win at Lipscomb Feb. 23, tallied his 300th career conference victory April 6 at his alma mater, Western Michigan . . . Maloney served as Ball State's head coach from 1996-2002 and Michigan's head mentor from 2003-12 before returning to the Cardinals . . . He owns a 305-176 career record in conference games between the Big Ten Conference and Mid-American Conference . . . In addition, Maloney owns a 149-70 record in MAC games and needs one win to reach the 150 win mark in MAC contests . . . Maloney owns a 275-164-1 all-time coaching mark at Ball State and needs five victories to reach 300 wins with the Cardinals . . . The record for head coaching wins at Ball State is 323 by Pat Quinn, a current associate athletic director at the school . . . Quinn amassed 323 wins as Ball State's head coach from 1983-95.
NATIONAL RANKINGS: Scott Baker ranks fifth in the nation in pitching victories with nine . . . . Baker and Chris Marangon are tied for 18th nationally in games started with 11 apiece . . . Baker is 49th in the country with three complete games and ranks 45th in the nation with 71 strikeouts . . . Baker is 42nd in the country with a 1.65 earned-run average . . . Sean Godfrey is 84th in the nation with 0.95 runs scored per game and 87th with 0.41 stolen bases per game . . . Godfrey also ranks 91st in the country with 16 stolen bases . . . Wes Winkle ranks 97th in the nation among toughest players to strike out with one strikeout per 12 at-bats.